It’s been 3 months since I jumped into Lake Michigan, ending the Walk for Clean Water. For those 235 miles walked, we raised over $21,000 for clean water wells around the world. I’ve received news that four wells will be built from the money raised! One has already been built in India (the other three will be in Central America).
The first well was built in the village of Malamcadu in the Tamil Nadu District of southern India. About 250 people live in the village and the surrounding area. Some notes from the report I received from the field team:
“When the LWI India team arrived, community members were utilizing other methods to gather water about kilometer away from the community to meet all of their water needs. Because of this and the community’s practice of open defecation, left families suffering from diarrhea, and other preventable water related illnesses. Most of the community members earn a living as daily wage workers to help provide for their families. The nearest school is located five kilometers away from the community and now students, teachers and administrative personnel all have access to safe, clean drinking water.”
Some photos from the well project (in order): The location of the well in southern India; a satellite view of the village; the well being drilled; local villagers enjoying access to the clean water.
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